The next step to soft water is to determine where your water softener should be installed. This guide will help you create a checklist that includes all the items you need to make an easy DIY installation. Find out which areas of your house are best for your system, and how it will work with other water treatment systems.
The right place to be
Most water softeners will be installed close to the main water line that runs to your water heater. This is most commonly located in the basement. However, water softeners are also possible to be installed in the garage, attic, or in a dedicated space for system storage. Your state of climate and the space available in your home will all influence where you place your water softener.
Is it possible to put the water softener outside?
It all depends on where you live and the climate. For homes in warm coastal areas without basements, outdoor installation can be a great option. But even then, there are a few things to remember. Water softeners should be kept out of the direct sun, away from animals, and protected from water that could cause damage to the electronics. They should also not be placed in temperatures below 35-100 degrees F. If you live in Florida and wish to install your water softener outdoors, make sure it is covered. For more information about installation requirements, refer to the owner’s manual of your system.
If your house has a garage, you can install your water softener there. A garage can be used to shade your home and protect it from the elements, provided that the temperature is not higher than 35-100 degrees F.
When choosing where to install your water softener, it is important to identify the key points
To ensure that your water softener performs properly, there are some key items you will need.
To provide electricity, you will need a 120V outlet nearby.
Access to drainage: The water softener should not be far from a sump, laundry tub, floor drain, or sump to drain the water. The main drain from the water softener can be run upwards to a drain that is up to 30ft away or up to 8ft above the softener. Follow all local codes regarding water softener drain requirements. Outdoor installations should be aware that water softener discharge can kill grass and is prohibited by code.
Water treatment systems within close proximity: Your appliances will be centralized if your softener is installed between your water heater and any other treatment systems (such as a sediment filter or iron filter). You can make sure your water is high-quality throughout your home by installing it in an order of operation. In most cases, your specialty or sediment filtration system should first treat the water, then the water softener, and finally the water heater. This sequence of operations protects your appliances while maximizing efficiency.
Pre-plumbed houses with a water softener loop (a plumbing feature that is becoming more common in older homes) will have an easier location for installation. This is the location where the water softener will be connected. It does not affect the water that goes to outside faucets. Although it is possible to water your garden and perform household chores outdoors with softened water it is not recommended.
This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for St. Pete Plumbing then look no further because we got you covered!